The first Houston baby affected by microcephaly due to the Zika virus was born this month.
It is confirmed that the mother was carrying the Zika virus. It is not confirmed where she contracted the virus, but she recently traveled to Latin America where there is currently a Zika virus epidemic.
First Zika-Caused Microcephaly in Harris County, Texas
The Zika-affected child was born this week in Harris County. Currently, at least 59 cases of the Zika virus have been reported throughout the United States. This is the first confirmed case of microcephaly due to a prior Zika infection in Texas.
“Local transmission of Zika in Texas is likely,” said the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
“Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, previously told TIME that he would not be surprised if Zika is already transmitting locally in the state, since identifying these cases will be difficult.”
The Texas DSHS further confirmed that new cases are soon likely to occur, and that they are prepared to act fast in protecting fetuses from the Zika virus once any new cases arise.
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Read more: http://time.com/4405034/zika-microcephaly-texas/